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TIMARIV: Union Condemns Staff Suspension, Calls For Board

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First Phase of Rivers State Golf Estate near completion at Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt.

First Phase of Rivers State Golf Estate near completion at Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt.

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), Rivers State Council, has condemned the recent suspension of 27 officers of the Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority (TIMARIV), describing it as illegal, unlawful, an act of intimidation, a breach of law and totally unacceptable.
The State Chairman of the union, Comrade Henry Urombo, made the condemnation in a press briefing held at the union’s office along Station Road, Port Harcourt last Monday.
Urombo said the spurious allegations made by the Acting Controller General of TIMARIV, Mr. Confidence Obinna Eke that the Branch Chairman, Comrade Igenewari Ketuphen and 26 others went on rampage, broke into offices and attempted to sell official vehicles, among others, are all fallacious, malicious, baseless and a means to divert attention from the on-going demand by the officers that he should be replaced due to alleged high level of corruption in the outfit which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC) are currently investigating.
According to him, “The purported suspension of Comrade Igenewari, Kelechi Wokocha and 25 others is unlawful, an act of intimidation, a breach of law and totally unacceptable “, adding that the peaceful protest to Government House on October 1, 2014 was done with utmost decorum and a means to deliver the demands of the staff.
Amaechi to integrate the salaries of TIMARIV into the central payroll for accountability, efficiency and better performance.
While fielding questions, Comrade Orombo opined that as a union, they would create a synergy between the management and the workers to ensure a conducive working environment with requisite remuneration.
According to him, the wage bill of TIMARIV is close to N48 million, but it could drop if proper auditing is carried out, saying that Government should look into the activities of TIMARIV for accountability and arbitrary placement of officers on questionable grade levels as well as constitution of a Board.
On the panel that was set up, he described it as a “kangaroo” panel that is not properly constituted, assured that no matter the provocations, officers and members of the union would remain peaceful.
NPA To Rehabilitate Lagos Port Access Roads Soon,
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said  that the rehabilitation of the access roads around the Tin-Can Island Port would soon begin.
Mr Musa Iliya, an Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Musa IIiya told newsmen in Lagos that the NPA was very concerned about the deplorable state of the roads.
He said it was obvious that the NPA could not look away from the fact that the condition of the roads was affecting port business.
“The contract to rehabilitate the road around the port corridors at Tin-Can Island will be awarded soon.
“The NPA feels very concerned about the state of the road and will do everything possible to ensure that movement in and out of the port is without hitches,” he said.
A licensed customs agent at the port, who preferred anonymity, said the port access roads had become a problem to port operators.
He said the NPA’s announcement to rehabilitate the port was no longer news.
Reports  says that the roads around the Tin-Can Island Port are near impassable with many craters on it.

 

Collins Barasimeye

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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